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ASA Advocacy Pays Off on California Employment Bills Affecting Staffing

ASA advocacy was instrumental in influencing the outcome of two California bills that would have had a major negative effect on the staffing industry.

On Sept. 30, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 973 into law; it requires businesses with 100 or more employees to annually report employee salary and wage information to the state’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, along with data on workers’ race, ethnicity, and sex. ASA and California Staffing Professionals, an ASA-affiliated chapter, urged lawmakers to exempt temporary workers because such workers are excluded for federal EEO-1 reporting purposes and thus should be exempted from state requirements. In a major win for the industry, the legislature agreed and excluded temporary workers.

ASA advocacy also helped derail a bill that would have required hotels, event spaces, airport businesses, janitorial service companies, and certain other employers to offer newly open jobs to employees who had been laid off for pandemic-related reasons. ASA and CSP argued that the bill would harm the state’s temporary workers and would unduly hamper employers’ ability to augment their workforces at their discretion. Despite strong union support for the bill, Gov. Newsom vetoed it, saying that it was confusing and would “place a heavy burden on hotels that have suffered financially during the Covid-19 pandemic.” It is unclear whether the legislature will attempt to override the governor’s veto.

Free ASA Webinar Tomorrow—Recruiting a Diverse Pool of Talent

Don’t miss tomorrow’s ASA webinar “Driving Diversity in the Technology Industry Through Recruiting,” 3–4 p.m. Eastern time. Learn how improving diversity rates in the recruiting process can help your firm can improve its competitiveness in a tight market

All ASA webinars are free for ASA members, and most qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal. To learn more and to register, visit

Enter the Staffing World Countdown Contest

Register for Staffing World 2020 by this Friday, Oct. 9, and you will be entered to win a free registration to next year’s ASA annual convention and expo, Sept. 28–30 in Denver. This year’s event, an immersive virtual experience, takes place Oct. 19–22.

Don’t miss four powerful keynote presenters; more than 30 educational sessions; and an interactive expo where you can use your customized avatar to explore exhibitor booths, connect with peers at the virtual Coffee House, and much more.

Learn more and register at If you’ve registered for Staffing World 2020 you have already been entered into the drawing for a free Staffing World 2021 registration.

Get Harassment Prevention Training for Temporary Workers

ASA has partnered with Kantola Training Solutions to provide a full-service, cost-effective solution for the harassment prevention training needs of staffing companies.

It’s easy to administer and keeps records for you—it can even track the time an employee spends on training.

It’s designed to fulfill local and state requirements from New York to California, and more. The training was co-developed with Littler, the world’s largest labor and employment law firm.

Visit for a preview and to request a quote.